First Exposures is a special interest mentoring program where academic skills and life skills are developed by combinging the benefits of mentoring relationships with art education. The vounteere mentors are professional, commercial, and fine art photographers with a commitment to youth and education. Their students are creative young people, aged 11-19, with backgrounds that have included homelessness, foster care, or low-income living situations. The students and mentors work together in one-to-one partnerships in a group setting. Students develop photographic skills and are exposed to a larger world than they may otherwise know.
Both students and their mentors agree to attend each Saturday class from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm during the academic year (September 8, 2018 - May 18, 2019, excluding holiday breaks). Most students and mentors stay in the program for more than one year; some have stayed as long as seven years. We ask that mentors commit to one full academic year.
We meet at RayKo Photo Center, an excellent community darkroom and digital lab. We reinforce our class time spent in experiential learning environments: visits to local newspapers, major museums, alternative art spaces, commercial photography studios, and more.
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